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Senate Committee Advances Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett
Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to advance Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination after Democrats boycotted the vote.
The panel voted 12-0 to send Barrett’s nomination to the full Senate, paving the way for President Trump’s nominee to be confirmed to the Supreme Court early next week. Every Republican on the panel supported her nomination and no Democratic Senator voted. 
The Senate is slated to meet at noon Friday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) plans to hold a vote advancing the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The chamber could hold a procedural vote on the motion to proceed to Barrett's nomination, which requires a simple majority. McConnell could then file for cloture, or to limit debate, on the nomination. The chamber will remain in session through the weekend as Republicans run down the amount of time required for debate. McConnell says he’s aiming for a final vote on the confirmation on Monday.
From The Hill

Stimulus Prospects Fading Fast
Prospects for a U.S. stimulus package passing Congress before the Nov. 3 election are fading fast as Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dicker over the details of a nearly $2 trillion aid package. With the pace of talks dragging, resistance from Senate Republicans is building and Trump’s ability to twist arms into supporting a deal appears to be waning. Now some House Democrats are telling Pelosi that they don’t want to vote on legislation before the election if the Senate won’t do so, according to a party official.
Earlier in the week, Senate Democrats opposed a Republican standalone bill providing coronavirus relief to small businesses, saying it was a political ploy that failed to provide the comprehensive aid the pandemic-ravaged U.S. economy needs.
The bill was put forward as a procedural test vote by majority Republicans, who staged it to pressure Democrats to allow piecemeal virus relief to advance in the absence of a larger stimulus deal. Democrats demonstrated on the motion that that they had the votes to block a standalone PPP bill.
From Bloomberg news reports
Senate Judiciary Votes to Subpoena Social Media CEOs
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to subpoena the chief executives of Facebook and Twitter one week after both platforms limited the spread of a controversial article about Hunter Biden, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son.
The panel voted 12-0 to compel the testimony of Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey. The Democrats on the committee had boycotted the hearing over the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone declined to comment. Twitter also declined to comment. 
More from CNN

The House is on recess until mid-November, though lawmakers could be called back with 24 hours notice to vote on any economic stimulus deal.

The Senate is in session through the weekend in anticipation of a Monday vote on the Supreme Court Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett

Highlighted Senate Committee Hearings
Oct. 28
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation
"Does Section 230’s Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?."


Not to be missed

Louisiana Moves to Curb Governor’s Emergency Powers
The Republican-led Louisiana Legislature voted Monday to curb the emergency powers of the state’s governor, citing a desire to give more people a voice in how emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic are managed. Essentially, lawmakers could pick and choose whether restrictions such as mask mandates or restaurant closures would continue.
From the Associated Press

Southwest Airlines is about to sell every seat on board its flights.
The news that the airline will no longer keep middle seats open comes on the heels of Southwest announcing record financial losses because of the pandemic.
In a Thursday earnings report, Southwest announced it will no longer limit capacity on flights starting December 1. The change marks an end to Southwest's pandemic policy and allows it the opportunity to fill planes through the typically busy holiday travel season.
"This practice of effectively keeping middle seats open bridged us from the early days of the pandemic, when we had little knowledge about the behavior of the virus, to now," Southwest said. "Today, aligned with science-based findings from trusted medical and aviation organizations, we will resume selling all available seats for travel beginning December 1, 2020."
From CNN

Grassley, BioFuels Groups Pan Legislation Aimed at Eliminating Combustion Engines
Two Iowa biofuel groups and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) spoke out against legislation introduced this week that aims to eliminate sales of internal combustion engine vehicles that can be fueled with biofuels.
On Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA) introduced the Zero-Emissions Vehicles Act of 2020, which aims to end U.S. sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035 and boost the market for battery electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
“It is concerning to see legislation from progressive members of Congress that would eliminate internal combustion vehicles like the vast majority of us drive,” said Grassley. “In other words, we will all have to buy electric cars. This is supposed to help the environment, but remember, most electrical generation is from fossil fuels. There are more practical solutions available.”
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